Intelligence Officer Development Programme Ref. 1913
At MI5 Intelligence Officers play an essential role in keeping the country safe, which makes for one of the most challenging, stimulating and rewarding careers you can imagine. As the country faces increased threats to national security, your role as an Intelligence Officer gives you opportunity to have a tangible impact on the security of the UK.
The Development Programme
Our structured two year Intelligence Officer Development Programme will enable you to develop the skills you need to become a widely deployable Intelligence Officer, whilst you work in roles which directly support the intelligence capability of MI5. On the Development Programme, you could spend your first two years in roles which include, but are not limited to:
- Policy, Discovery and Strategy – where you will work on long term, wide reaching policy and new initiatives that affect how we do our work, liaising with other Government departments and stakeholders. The collaborative work will help MI5 adapt to, and detect, constantly evolving threats.
- Warrantry – a vital role that involves preparing warrants, ensuring they meet the appropriate legislative criteria before they’re sent to the Home Secretary/Judiciary for approval.
- Legal Casework – this role could involve delivering and maintaining disruptive actions against key subjects of interest, work on legal research and casework or support teams in gathering evidence against subjects of interest which have significant impact on their ability to engage in activities of national security concern.
- Analysis – where you’ll work alongside those on our Intelligence & Data Analyst Development Programme, as well as experienced analysts to learn the tools and techniques used by MI5 to analyse intelligence and support investigations.
- Assessments – working in specific thematic to enhance our understanding of threats through contextual knowledge, for example by producing briefing papers for investigators.
This will be structured as either two postings of approximately one year each, or one posting up to 24 months in length. These roles will provide insight and understanding of the how MI5 functions, and develop relevant and transferable skills for a varied and fulfilling career. You’ll immediately be having an impact on the security of the UK, and will gain more responsibility as your experience grows. Working in a close-knit team, you’ll enjoy a great mix of challenge and support, with a flexible approach to working that offers an attractive work-life balance.
Upon joining the office, you will be placed on the IODP Pathway, which is a programme of training designed to take you from your first day in MI5 to attending the Foundation Investigative Training (FIT) course. It is intended to teach you aspects of investigative work and the skills required to be an Intelligence Officer, which you will be able to apply to your first roles in the office, as well as giving you a background which would be applicable to FIT and your investigative career and beyond.
In addition, during your time on the Development Programme there will be an emphasis on you, with support from your Line Manager, to seek out development opportunities that are available to all, such as job shadowing, work-related talks and courses.
At the end of your two years, you’ll advance onto FIT. This 4 week course will prepare you for a direct move into one of our core investigative sections as a trained Intelligence Officer. On successful completion of FIT, and subject to line management approval, you’ll be eligible to apply for promotion.
As a trained Intelligence Officer, your first role could be countering threats from international or Northern Ireland related terrorism to espionage or hostile states. You’ll set investigative strategies, making recommendations based on your assessment of threat levels, collaborating with colleagues and the Police to thwart threats.
After this posting, you will be deployed in to an investigative enabling, business critical role within the wider Intelligence Officer family, drawing on your investigative experience to bring value and results to our common goals.
What it’s like to work at MI5?
Protecting national security is a truly collaborative effort. At MI5, we are committed to creating a supportive and diverse working environment meaning that no matter what team you join, you will be supported by a Line Manager, with a big emphasis on personal and professional development. And whilst the nature of the work is serious, our Intelligence Officers enjoy an informal atmosphere, while also maintaining a very professional and driven approach to work. This creates a uniquely rewarding and friendly environment, where everyone works together to get the job done.
What we look for
Safeguarding the UK against threats to national security requires intelligent, talented people and those people aren’t found in any one particular section of society. People from a range of backgrounds and degree disciplines join the Intelligence Officer Development Programme.
To apply, you’ll need to have - or be expecting by the end of 2020 - a 2:2 or above in any degree discipline, or have equivalent relevant work experience.
As a confident communicator, you can quickly establish productive working relationships with your colleagues. You’ll need to be organised, have a good eye for detail and trust your own judgement. While happy to take responsibility for your own areas of work, you’ll also enjoy collaborating to solve problems and make decisions. MI5 also expects its employees to have a high degree of honesty and integrity.
Application Close - 18th November 2019
Telephone Interviews start - End November 2019
Assessment Centres start - From Early December 2019
The recruitment and vetting process can take around nine months to complete. If you are in the final year of your studies we advise you to apply now. During the recruitment process our recruitment team will give you further information about when you would be able to join.
The Recruitment Process
The first step is for you to complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you do meet our initial criteria. If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to begin an application. You will need to create a login and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password. Once you have successfully created a personal account, you will be required to complete an initial application form providing contact details and equal opportunities information.
If you are successful at this stage you will be sent an e-mail asking you to take our situational judgement test, which forms part of the assessment process. On receipt of this invitation e-mail, you will have up to one week to take the test. If you do not complete the test within this timeframe we will assume that you no longer wish to proceed with your application.
Situational Judgement Test
During the situational judgement test you will be presented with a set of hypothetical scenarios which have been designed using situations relevant to our values and key behaviours needed to perform the Intelligence Officer role. The situational judgement test is set in the context of you taking on the role of an Intelligence Officer however you will not need any knowledge of the policies or procedures relating to MI5 in order to answer the questions in this test. You will just need to use your own judgement to rate the effectiveness of each option in response to the situation presented and pick the most and least effective options. This situational judgement test will present you with 20 different situations that you might have to deal with as an Intelligence Officer. It should take you approximately 45 minutes to complete the test but please be aware your session will time out automatically after 90 minutes.
If you pass these tests, we will invite you to complete and submit our full application form, which will be sifted by our recruitment team. Successful applicants will then be asked to complete our Intelligence Assessment Centre Online (IAC Online). This is a 90 minute test of your strategic thinking and assessment skills, based on you taking on the role of an Intelligence Officer working on a fictitious investigation.
If successful, the next stage is a telephone interview. This will include competency based questions and will explore your motivation to work for MI5.
Assuming you pass the telephone interview, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre in London. This full day assessment will include a mixture of role-plays, an interview, written assessment and group exercise. It is designed to assess the full range of competencies and skills required for the Intelligence Officer role, and is often described by candidates as a challenging but very rewarding and enjoyable day.
The final stage of the recruitment process is a final selection board interview, which will be followed by the Vetting Process.
You should read about the Vetting Process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the Vetting pages prior to submitting an application.
You should read the How to Apply section for further information on the eligibility criteria and recruitment process for this role, and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined:
Equality and Diversity
To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or naturalised British citizen and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last 10 years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You will nonetheless be considered if you have, for example, served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the How to Apply section.
The UK intelligence Agencies / MI5 / MI6 / GCHQ are Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect. Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit. We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups. We particularly welcome applications from women/ Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates /candidates with a disability / LGBT + candidates.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
As part of our commitment to being a ‘Disability Confident Leader’ we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the role that they are applying for. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).
To secure an interview for this vacancy, the minimum criteria (in order of application process) are:
You will be asked a series of questions relating to this vacancy. If you meet the criteria here you will be directed to the initial application form.
You will be required to reach the pass mark set for the situational judgement test.
On successful completion of this test and an application form sift, you will be invited to interview. This will normally be a telephone interview and is our guaranteed interview.
This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.